Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Last orders for Northern Ireland Pub of the Year award

Pub of the Year Awards 2010 - Antrim Regional Final Pictured Deputy mayor councilor William McNeilly with Colin Neill (CEO of Pubs of Ulster)
Colin Neill CEO of Pubs of Ulster with Cllr David Smith Mayor of Ards Borough Council, 7th October 2010.
Pubs Of Ulster Pub Of The Year Awards (Co. Tyrone section).L-r: Colin Neill of Pubs Of Ulster, Oonagh McGirr, owner of Sally's Of Omagh.Pictured right is Oonagh's son John McGirr Jnr.Sally's of Omagh won the Overall Pub Of The Year Award. (Co. Tyrone).Sally's also received Best Employee Team Award, Best Food Award, Best Tourism And Visitor Award, and was a finalist in the Best Family Friendly Pub Award.Awards were presented in Quinn's Corner.

Pubs from across Northern Ireland are vying for sought-after industry accolades as the Pub of the Year Gala Awards draw closer.

A shortlist in eight categories has been drawn up and the winners of each will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall on November 3.

Nominees include Sally's of Omagh, The Kitchen Bar in Belfast, O'Toole's Bar in Armagh, Molly Brown's in Newtownards and The Bentley Bar in Londonderry.

Colin Neill, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster, said: "Pubs play a key role in local communities and it is important for this to be recognised and rewarded.

"This year's Pub of the Year Awards have seen an overwhelming number of entries from pubs across Northern Ireland and as we expected, the standard was exceptionally high.

"Whilst this made judging a difficult process, it makes for an exciting final at Belfast City Hall."

The categories range from best neighbourhood pub to best visitor pub and best food pub.

Media partner for the awards, The Sunday Life will announce the winner of its Readers Choice Award.

A Pubs of Ulster Chairman's Award will be presented by the current chair, Sorcha Wolsey, to an individual who has made a major contribution to Northern Ireland's licensed trade sector.

For full details of the shortlist for this year's Pub of the Year Award as well as details on how to purchase tickets for the awards night, visit

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